May You Be Blessed ~

May You Be Blessed ~   When it comes to inspiration and lifting the spirit, this soothing video created in 2006 by writer and graphic designer Kate Nowak for her unique “One Million Blessings Experiment” (click for the full Newswire press release) is a powerful reminder of how one person can make an enormous difference in the lives of many.  I was indeed very blessed to be able to see it and share it during the 100 days of the experiment, and I’ve been passing it along with my own heart…

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Helplessness: Not Yours Alone ~

Preface ~ What is Learned Helplessness?      It might surprise you to discover that sentient beings actually learn to feel helpless. The Learned Helplessness definition–complex and cerebral–that arose from Dr. Martin Seligman’s psychology experiments at the University of Pennsylvania (mid 1960’s) can be effectively reworded for non-academics and regular folks like you and me to be understood this way: When we repeatedly experience painful or otherwise distressing, unpleasant situations/circumstances that we believe are out of our control, we become unable to avoid future pain and distress, even if there…

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Lucky! (Michael Mott & Jeremy Jordan) And Fun!

“Lucky” (Michael Mott & Jeremy Jordan)  And Fun! ~   It’s Wednesday evening, just past the middle of the normal world’s workweek, but here in our Community there’s nothing normal about us or our work schedules! So I thought a little fun would be in order since so many of us feel very lucky to have found each other and this remarkable platform we call our second home. This is a place to come for encouragement, friendship, guidance and ever-expanding knowledge, for the kind of support that a lifetime best…

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When You are Loved, You Must ~

When You are Loved, You Must ~ Thanksgiving this year has been different. The atmosphere of hope has been such an uplifting and welcome surprise, and it’s brought along with it the realization that each one of us is loved more than we usually care to acknowledge. Is this turning away a product of our not wanting to be too full of ourselves, wanting to retain our sense of humility? Or does it run deeper than that, boring into the heartwood of our insecurities about whether or not we’re really…

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Coping with Chronic Pain & Illness ~ Introduction

I’ve been working hard since we got back from the treatment trip and have finally finished what will be my first page “sticky post.” This is an introduction to the rest of the pages that will be included in the primary menu item of the same name as this post. It feels great to be making progress in building “It’s Your Time ~ to Come Alive!” Thanks to all for the great support you’ve been giving me; the encouragement is such an important part of this process =] Whether you’ve…

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A Most Beautiful Welcome ~

Well, it’s been over a month now since my introduction to this WA community, and as I’ve begun to get comfortable in this new home, I’ve found so many people with a great capacity to encourage, to lend a helping hand, to teach and to care. For the last couple of weeks I’ve wrestled with ideas for my first post to those of you I’ve begun to know and those I’ve yet to get acquainted with, but nothing really captured my attention until late Sunday night as my fiancé and…

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